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Amrutha Jose Pampackal

Amrutha is a first year Ph.D. student in the field of Development Sociology. She is interested in studying the sociology of access to food, particularly among marginalized communities in India. Prior to joining Cornell, Amrutha worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in their Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. The work she did at IFPRI ranged from preparation of evidence-based data notes to conducting fieldwork-based policy evaluations, all with a focus on nutrition and health policies in India. She also worked for two years at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, a public policy think-tank in New Delhi, as a research assistant to legislators. She enjoys conducting research on social policy in India and has co-authored a paper titled “Caste and Distributive Justice: Can Social Policy Address Durable Inequalities?”, published in Social Policy and Administration. Amrutha holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and an undergraduate degree in English from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.